HUSEYIN RASIT

hrasit[at]fc.ritsumei.ac.jp

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • 2021 - Present. Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Global Liberal Arts, Ritsumeikan University

  • 2020 - 2021. Predoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

EDUCATION

  • 2014 - 2021. Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University

    • Dissertation: Contending Futures in the 21st-Century Middle East: Ideology and the Emergent Political Formations of ISIS, Kurdistan-Iraq and Kurdistan-Syria - Distinction

 

  • 2017. M.Phil., Sociology, Yale University

 

  • 2016. M.A., Sociology, Yale University

 

  • 2011 - 2014. M.A., Political Science, Sabanci University

    • Coursework completed, thesis not defended

 

  • 2004 - 2009. B.Sc. with Honors, Computer Engineering, Bogazici University

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

 

Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements, Political Conflict, State-Building, Ideologies, Middle East Studies, Political Sociology, Comparative Social Science, Social Theory

PUBLICATIONS

 

  • 2021. Rasit, Huseyin. “Competing Revolutionaries: Legitimacy and Leadership in Revolutionary Situations.” The British Journal of Sociology 72(4):1092-1112.

 

  • 2020. Rasit, Huseyin and Alexander Kolokotronis. “Decentralist Vanguards: Women’s Autonomous Power and Left Convergence in Rojava.” Globalizations 17(5):869-883.

 

  • 2020. Rasit, Huseyin. “Imperialism, Revolution, and the Desire to Lecture the Kurds: How Should We (Not) Analyze U.S.-Kurdish Relations.” Pp. 225-41 in Kurdish Autonomy and U.S. Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change, edited by V. Eccarius-Kelly and M. M. Gunter. New York: Peter Lang.

 

  • 2017. Rasit, Huseyin. “Not Another Story of Failed Liberation: Tensions in Bashur and Rojava in the Light of the Referendum,” openDemocracy

Works in Progress

  • 2022. Rasit, Huseyin. “An Integrated Theory of Ideology” – Under Review

  • 2022. Rasit, Huseyin. “Journalists of the Empire: Media Bias and International Affairs”

 

  • 2022. Rasit, Huseyin. “Revolutionaries, Nationalists, Jihadists: Ideology and State-Building in Emergent Political Formations”

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

 

  • 2020 - 2021. International Security Program Fellowship, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, $34,000

  • 2018 - 2019. Yale MacMillan International Dissertation Research Fellowship, $18,000

  • 2018 - 2019. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Grant, €8500

  • 2018. Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, $15,000 - with Jonathan Wyrtzen

  • 2018. U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center Grant, $10,000 – with Jonathan Wyrtzen

  • 2018. Yale MacMillan Center International Travel Grant, $750

 

  • 2017. Yale Graduate Student Community College Teaching Fellowship, $3000

  • 2017. SSHA Graduate Student Travel Award, $500

  • 2017. CAMP Grant, Sociology Department, Yale University, $500

  • 2016. Smith Richardson Foundation International Security Studies Fellowship, $3,000

  • 2016. Yale MacMillan Center Pre-Dissertation Grant, $2,000

  • 2005 - 2009. Honor Scholarship, the Office of the Prime Minister of Turkey, $20,000

HONORS

 

  • 2016 - 2018. Kanter Fellow, Rosabeth M. Kanter Fellowship, Yale University

  • 2011 - 2013. Teaching Fellowship, Sabanci University

  • 2009. Honors, Bogazici University

SELECTED CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

 

   Conference Organizer

 

  • 2018. Interdisciplinary Conference on Kurdish Politics and Societies, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

   Panel Organizer

 

  • 2019. “Ideologies and Political Formations.” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

  • 2019. “Ideologies, Political Formations, and Conflict in Kurdistan.” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

  • 2017. “Syrian Kurds: Contesting Boundaries.” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

   Presenter

  • 2021. “Revolutionaries, Nationalists, Jihadists: Ideology and Politics in the 21st-Century Middle East.” TUFS Interdisciplinary Research Unit for Global Democratic Change. – Invited talk.

  • 2021. “An Integrated Theory of Ideology.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.

  • 2020. “Colonial/Imperial Gaze in Kurdish Studies.” Roundtable. Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • 2020. “An Integrated Theory of Ideology.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.

  • 2019. “A Tale of Two Kurdistans: Ideological Structures and Political Formations in Kurdistan-Syria and Kurdistan-Iraq.” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

  • 2019. “A Tale of Two Kurdistans: Ideological Structures and Political Formations in Kurdistan-Syria and Kurdistan-Iraq.” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

  • 2019. “Decentralist Vanguards: Women’s Autonomous Power and Left Convergence in Rojava.” Historical Materialism Athens Conference, Panteion University, Athens.

  • 2018. “Decentralist Vanguards: Women’s Autonomous Power and Left Convergence in Rojava.” Historical Materialism Annual Conference, SOAS, London.

  • 2018. “Decentralist Vanguards: Women’s Autonomous Power and Left Convergence in Rojava.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

  • 2018. “Competing Revolutionaries: Legitimacy and Leadership in Revolutionary Situations.” Comparative Historical Sociology Mini-Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

  • 2018. “Competing Revolutionaries: Legitimacy and Leadership in Revolutionary Situations.” Interdisciplinary Conference on Kurdish Politics and Societies, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

  • 2017. “Vanguards of Anti-Statism: Anarchism, Leninism, and the Ideological Search for a New Mode of Public Power in Rojava.” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

  • 2017. “Competing Revolutionaries: Legitimacy, Leadership, and Strategy in Revolutionary Situations.” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Montreal.

  • 2017. “One Ethnic Group, Two Revolutions: Kurdistan-Iraq and Kurdistan-Syria in Comparative Perspective.” Kurdish Studies Summer School, Kurdish Institute, Paris.

  • 2017. “One Ethnic Group, Two Revolutions: Kurdistan-Iraq and Kurdistan-Syria in Comparative Perspective.” Rethinking Revolutions Workshop, LSE, London.

  • 2016. “An Ethics of Violence Based on Practice: The Rojava Revolution in Syria.” Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Kurdish Politics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

  • 2016. “An Ethics of Violence Based on Practice: The Rojava Revolution in Syria.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

  • 2016. “Collective and Discursive Identities: Toward a Realist-Constructionist Theory of Identity.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

  • Ritsumeikan University (2021 – Present)

          Instructor

  • Sociological Theories: Classics and Contemporary, Globalizations and International Relations, Introduction to Global Liberal Arts, Global Sociology, Research Seminar

 

  • Yale University (2016 – 2021)

Instructor

  • Political Sociology, Foundations of Modern Social Theory

Teaching Fellow

  • Social Policy and the Politics of Inequality in the United States, Foundations of Modern Social Theory

 

  • Yale Young Global Scholars (2019)

Lead Instructor (Summer 2019)

  • International Affairs and Globalization, Politics, Law, and Economics

  • Gateway Community College (2017)

Part-time Acting Instructor

  • Introduction to Sociology

  • Sabanci University (2011 – 2013)

Teaching Fellow

  • Introduction to Social and Political Sciences, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

  • 2021-2022. Member of Project Task Force on Curriculum Reform at the College of Global Liberal Arts, Ritsumeikan University

 

  • 2019-2021. Coordinator of Political Violence and Its Legacies Workshop, Yale University

 

  • 2018. Organizer of Interdisciplinary Conference on Kurdish Politics and Societies. Yale University, April 6-8.

 

  • 2017. Yale Certificate of College Teaching Preparation

NON-ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

                                               

  • 2010 - 2011. Software Engineer, Banksoft, Istanbul, Turkey

 

SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY

                                               

​Stata, Java, C++, C

LANGUAGES

 

Turkish (Native), English (Fluent), Kurdish (Beginner), Japanese (Beginner)

 

MEMBERSHIPS

American Sociological Association, Middle East Studies Association, Social Science History Association, International Sociological Association

REFERENCES

Julia Adams

Professor of Sociology

Yale University

julia.adams[at]yale.edu

 

Jonathan Wyrtzen

Associate Professor of Sociology

Yale University

jonathan.wyrtzen[at]yale.edu

Ronald Eyerman

Emeritus Professor of Sociology

Yale University

ronald.eyerman[at]yale.edu

 

CONTACT:

Huseyin Rasit


Ritsumeikan University

College of Global Liberal Arts 2-150 Iwakura-cho,

Ibaraki, Osaka 567-8570

hrasit[@]fc.ritsumei.ac.jp